July

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Layoffs threaten fresh food program in Chicago

Documents uncovered by Unite Here, Local 1 indicate that 200 to 300 more lunchroom workers may be on the chopping block.

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California labor leader to replace Holt-Baker at AFL-CIO

California labor official Tefere Gebr will succeed Arlene Holt Baker as Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO.

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Senate to vote by July 31 on all five NLRB nominees

The Senate will vote during the week of July 29 on all five of President Obama's nominees.

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Today in labor history: Minimum wage rises 70 cents, fight continues

Today in 2009, the U.S. minimum wage rose 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25. Low-wage workers struggled mightily for that meager increase.

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Today in labor history: Anarchist attacks steel magnate

On July 23, 1892, an anarchist named Alexander Berkman decided to avenge the Homestead massacre where nine strikers were killed.

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St. Paul laundry workers picket for fair contract

About 240 Health Systems Cooperative employees, members of Workers United Local 150, have been working without a contract since March 31. A temporary extension of the previous contract expired July 14.

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Today in labor history: Emma Lazarus born in 1849

Emma Lazarus, the poet who wrote "The New Colossus," was born July 22, 1849.

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American Airlines unions join pro-airline merger ad drive

Facing questions about the planned merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the three unions representing most U.S. workers joined an open pro-merger ad campaign.

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Steelworkers oppose using Chinese steel for Verrazano Bridge repairs

Another local transit agency is repairing another big well-known U.S. bridge using Chinese steel, and thus not U.S. steel or steelworkers.

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Today in labor history: Soldiers flee striking Pittsburgh workers

On this day in 1877 during the Great Railroad strike, workers in Pittsburgh forced soldiers sent to quell the job action to flee the city.

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